Find foodbanks, community fridges and affordable food
Don’t skip meals to pay bills. Visit the Help and Kindness website for information on local foodbanks, community fridges and affordable food.
Food banks are run by the community for the community. Donated food is distributed to those in need or in an emergency.
Each foodbank has its own system for supporting those in need. Many use a referral system, this is when an organisation helps you with other needs and also gives you a referral number for the foodbank. You will usually be issued a voucher for three days' worth of food. They may also provide other items such as toiletries.
Community shops (social supermarkets)
A community shop or pantry will provide cheaper, good quality and nutritious food to people who have limited disposable income. Food may include fresh fruit and veg, store cupboard favourites, bread, dairy products and frozen items.
You sign up to become a member and can then choose a set number of items for an agreed price each week. Community shops also work to reduce food waste by linking with supermarkets and making fresh food accessible for a low cost or free.
A community fridge can be accessed by anyone in the community, and anyone can give to or take food from the fridge. Community fridges:
- help share fresh food within a community
- reduce food waste
- gives people facing hardship easy access to fresh, nutritious food
There are some rules on what you can and cannot put in the fridge (for health and safety reasons), so do check this when you visit.